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Asian money laundering organizations are one of the fastest growing financial crime threats in the Western Hemisphere. Their networks are complex, leveraging mirror transactions, front companies, and a variety of actors in multiple jurisdictions to move illicit proceeds for transnational criminal organizations based in Latin America.
The Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering is an inter-governmental organisation, consisting of 41 member jurisdictions. The objective of the APG is to ensure that individual members effectively implement the international standards against money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing related to weapons of mass destruction.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Banco Delta Asia SARL as a primary money laundering concern under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act because it represents an unacceptable risk of money laundering and other financial crimes.
Banco Delta Asia has been a willing pawn for the North Korean government to engage in corrupt financial activities through Macau, a region that needs significant improvement in its money laundering controls, said Stuart Levey, the Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI). By invoking our USA PATRIOT Act authorities, we are working to protect U.S. financial institutions while warning the global community of the illicit financial threat posed by Banco Delta Asia.
Title III of the USA PATRIOT Act amends the anti-money laundering provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) to promote the prevention, detection and prosecution of international money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Section 311 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury in consultation with the Departments of Justice and State and appropriate Federal financial regulators to find that reasonable grounds exist for concluding that a foreign jurisdiction, institution, class of transactions or type of account is of primary money laundering concern and to require U.S. financial institutions to take certain special measures against those jurisdictions, institutions, accounts or transactions.
These special measures range from enhanced recordkeeping or reporting obligations to a requirement to terminate correspondent banking relationships with the designated entity. The measures are meant to provide Treasury with a range of options to bring additional pressure on institutions that pose specific money laundering threats.
The Bush Administration has also taken action, pursuant to Section 311, against the foreign jurisdictions of Burma, Nauru and the Ukraine. The finding of the Ukraine as being of primary money laundering concern was lifted after Ukrainian authorities took subsequent and aggressive steps to address the concerns and risks identified in the 311 action.
The Justice Department today announced the unsealing of a superseding indictment charging six individuals with participating in a conspiracy to launder millions of dollars of drug proceeds on behalf of foreign cartels. This superseding indictment is the result of a nearly four-year investigation into the relationship between foreign drug trafficking organizations and Asian money laundering networks in the United States, China, and elsewhere.
The superseding indictment also alleges that Tao Liu planned to bribe a U.S. Department of State official using wire transfers and cryptocurrency to create U.S. passports that he and his associates would use to enter the United States and engage in additional crimes, including money laundering. In fact, this State Department official was an undercover law enforcement agent, and these allegations stem from a seven-month undercover investigation.
The purpose of the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) is to ensure the adoption, implementation and enforcement of internationally accepted anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards as set out in the FATF Forty Recommendations . The effort includes assisting countries and territories of the region in enacting laws to deal with the proceeds of crime, mutual legal assistance, confiscation, forfeiture and extradition; providing guidance in setting up systems for reporting and investigating suspicious transactions and helping in the establishment of financial intelligence units. The APG also enables regional factors to be taken into account in the implementation of anti-money laundering measures.
But East Asia has a history of common currencies. One example is the wide circulation of Chinese coins throughout East Asia during the Middle Ages. At that time, trade in the sea flourished around China. Trade links strengthened, and the Chinese currency was used as a currency for trade. While the strength of the trade links at that time are comparable to today's trade links and supply chains in East Asia, the use of Chinese money was much more widespread then. In Japan, the issuance of its own currency had been suspended for a long time, and Chinese money was distributed as a national currency instead. Chinese money used for trade transactions was further also credited as a currency in domestic transactions all over East Asia. The widespread use of Chinese currency at the time was mostly driven by China's economic power, and the establishment of rules by traders rather than state power contributed greatly to the circulation of currencies (Figure 1).
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So Chi did what countless other Asian newcomers in need of seed money have done: he turned to fellow immigrants and an underground banking system that has greased the wheels of Asian enterprise for centuries.
The clubs, while not illegal, operate outside U.S. banking laws and safeguards. They offer high, sometimes usurious, rates of interest to those willing to put up the money and ready cash--ranging from a few hundred dollars to $20,000 and more--to those unable to obtain loans through conventional means.
Although some Asian markets have taken a different approach to the traditional MNO-led mobile money model by partnering with financial institutions, fintechs and technology platforms, the region has remained successful in creating a competitive mobile money ecosystem. India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Cambodia, for example, all have five or more mobile money services, underscoring the competitive environment that has been cultivated in the region.
The ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have pressed regulators to introduce measures to mitigate impacts on mobile money users. In 2020, the measures most adopted across Asian markets included the introduction of fee waivers, increasing transaction and balance limits and promoting digital payments.
Countries that adopted these measures in part drove the digitisation of payments and limited the handling of cash. For example, the central bank of Pakistan advocated for banks to promote the use of digital channels through social, print and electronic media. In Bangladesh, mobile financial services increased the transaction limit up to 200,000 Takas ($2372) from 75,000 Takas ($889) for the purchase of essential goods and medicine.  Data from the GSMA Consumer Survey shows that in Pakistan and Bangladesh, 20 and 17 per cent of mobile money account owners respectively, withdrew less cash due to COVID-19 because they spent more through their mobile money account directly.
Businesses and governments are also playing a significant role in supporting the regions shift to digital and came to the forefront during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, mobile money became a favoured method to distribute income support and emergency payments. Between September 2019 and June 2020, the number of unique customer accounts receiving government-to-person payments increased three-fold in Asia. This means over a million people were assisted by state support systems via their mobile money account.
It is helpful to carry local currency with you while traveling, especially if you arrive on a holiday, outside of normal business hours or have difficulty withdrawing money upon arrival. Local currency can be obtained before departure in most international airports, at some banks and at currency exchange centers.
The Mission for Revitalization of Asian Economy, equipped with knowledge and understanding gained from advance study sessions and the findings of preparatory teams that visited the countries concerned, met with a total of about two hundred people, including heads of state, major ministers, business leaders, and the mangers of Japanese companies with operations in the region. This report is based on those discussions. The report consists of concrete recommendations concerning the role that Japan should play in Asian prosperity in the twenty-first century in light of the experiences of the currency crisis. The recommendations are divided into four sections: people, goods, money, and information. In Part II, we describe the perceptions of the Mission that underlie these recommendations. Our findings are divided into: 1) issues for Asia, 2) issues for individual countries and the role of Japan, and 3) assessment of Japanese aid programs.
The rapid growth in Asian economies since the eighties has integrated the Japanese economy deeply into the region, as can be seen from the overseas activities of Japanese companies, the divisions of labor within the Asian region, and the strengthening of relationships in the financial area. This growing interdependency among Asian countries will bring untold benefits to Japanese society as it matures and ages. However, the deepening of interdependency does not always proceed in ideal forms. The reason why the region was hit by currency crisis in the first place was that there were many distortions in many forms in its economic development. There were biases in the cross-border movement of people, goods, money, and information, and while innovation may have been sparked in individual countries within the region, they were unable to turn it into solid comparative advantages. Another factor was the failure of countries in the region to adapt their economic management in an appropriate and timely manner to the historical changes that globalization and computerization are bringing to the world economy. As will be discussed below, it will take regional efforts to correct the failures of the past and put the region on a new growth path. Japan has a large role to play in this. These are efforts and initiatives that will bring substantial benefits to Japan and to the countries of East Asia. 041b061a72